- Merced Sun-Star
Cover of Merced Sun-Star on May 18, 2006
Type Daily newspaper Format Broadsheet Owner The McClatchy Company Publisher Eric Johnston Editor Mike Tharp Founded 1869 (as San Joaquin Valley Argus) Headquarters 3033 North G St.
Merced, CA 95341
Circulation 15,952 Daily
Official website www.MercedSun-Star.com
The Merced Sun-Star is a daily broadsheet newspaper printed in Merced, California, in the United States. It has an estimated circulation of 20,000 copies. The newspaper is published every day except for Sundays.
The Merced Sun-Star evolved from the San Joaquin Valley Argus, a weekly newspaper based in the nearby city of Snelling which began publishing the paper in 1869. The Argus merged with the Merced Journal in 1890 to become the Merced County Sun. In 1925 another consolidation created the Merced Sun-Star. The newspaper was acquired by the McClatchy Company Newspapers. Currently, the Sun-Star has more than 120 employees that prepare both a print newspaper and an online version.
The Sun-Star's executive editor is Mike Tharp.
The paper is the county's only daily newspaper.
The newspaper has become known for its investigative journalism. A series of articles exposing wrongdoing by the local district attorney ended in the DA's resignation and garnered the newspaper a national Associated Press Managing Editors Association public service award.  The stories also won a California First Amendment Coalition Beacon Award, among other distinctions. The newspaper won its second APME award (this one in the First Amendment category) in 2009 after it exposed a series of racist emails sent by an Atwater city councilman. News story about the award.
The Sun-Star also has an online edition at www.mercedsunstar.com offering the latest news, sports, weather and information affecting Merced and Mariposa counties.
- ^ "The McClatchy Company Newspapers: Merced Sun-Star". The McClatchy Company. http://www.mcclatchy.com/146/story/426.html. Retrieved 2006-12-27.
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